The Dodgers' 2011 first-round pick Chris Reed, much maligned by myself and others, made his professional debut tonight for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League.
Reed, straight out of Standford University, was aggressively assigned to the hitter-friendly league. He struck out two Bakersfield hitters -- Andrew Means and Devin Lohman -- and gave up one hit in his two innings. He also committed an error that did not come back to haunt him.
It isn't often a guy who wasn't regarded as an elite prospect would start at such an advanced level of the minor leagues. For perspective, Dodgers' second-round pick Alex Santana began with the AZL Dodgers of the Arizona League while third-round pick Pratt Maynard stared with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League.
It'll be interesting to see how many more appearances Reed makes the rest of the season. The Quakes have 12 games remaining after tonight's game, plus the Cal League playoffs.
So far, so good.